Tonight my resting heart rate was 43.
Your resting heart rate indicates how efficiently your heart pumps blood throughout your body. Your pulse rate and how quickly it takes to recover to normal is a useful tool for gauging your fitness level.
People who train regularly, let’s call ourselves ‘athletes’, tend to have lower resting heart rates because their training helps their heart muscles to pump a higher volume of blood with each heartbeat. Ultimately, it takes fewer heartbeats to power a well-conditioned athlete during intense training as well as during rest.
While the normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute, conditioned athletes and other highly fit individuals might have normal resting heart rates of 40 to 60 beats per minute. This indicates a high level of cardiovascular fitness.
With a resting heart rate of 43, I’m off the scale, even for an 18 year old female, or male! Perhaps I’m a Super Athlete? 😉
Or perhaps I’ve got less blood in my body after giving blood and my heart rate is slowly pumping what is left, around my body. 😉 It’s nice to be fit and healthy and able to help others (by giving blood).
What’s your resting heart rate?
(Take it just after you wake or when you’re rested).
I’d like to add: The next person who tells me running is bad for me and my knees is going to get laughed at (by me). 😉